True Value hosts Reunion in Chicago
Chicago — True Value Company kicked off its annual fall market here in Chicago with the promise of a "new market experience."
The Sept. 20-22 event is branded as the co-op’s "Reunion," with adjustments to the schedule and show floor layout — and most notably, new leadership. The event will be the first market for new CEO John Hartmann, and dealers will also get to mingle with chairman of the board Brent Burger.
"For three enlightening days, we’ll present a unique toolbox of resources, designed to help you better serve your customers while remaining competitive in the marketplace," said Hartmann, in a letter to attendees.
On the exhibit floor, a Town Center area is expected to be a hub of networking for dealers, and one of the more conspicuous changes to the flow of the show. The event’s general session kicks off Friday at 4:15 p.m.
Ackroyd poised for Ace chair in 2014
Jim Ackroyd, CEO of Vision Ace Hardware in Naples, Fla., will assume chairman-of-the board status at Ace Hardware Corp. in June 2014.
Ace Hardware, which underwent a CEO transition earlier this year as John Venhuizen replaced the retiring Ray Griffith, delayed the transition of the chairman position to mitigate disruption, according to the co-op.
Ackroyd will replace Dave Ziegler of Ziegler’s Ace, which has nine locations in Illinois. Vision Ace operates 11 locations in Florida.
The Vision Ace website explains: “We are all committed to being ‘the Helpful Place’ by offering our customers knowledgeable advice, helpful service and quality products.”
Hardware Store All-Stars: Nevada, Utah and Arizona
HCN congratulates the 50 hardware store, home center and farm & ranch retailers who made the annual HCN Hardware Store All-Star list.
Now in its third year, HCN’s annual list of high performers recognizes hardware stores — one from each state — that are outstanding in their field. The complete list and analysis can be found in the September issue of HCN. Meanwhile, HCN Daily will work its way across the country with mini profiles, continuing this week with Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
Nevada: Home Hardware & Variety is the Boulder City area’s requisite one-stop shop, famous for its extensive selection, owners (brothers Randy and Roger Tobler took over from their father, Herber Tobler, who was formerly the mayor of Boulder City) and resident bird, an African gray named Delzin who has its own Facebook page. Boasting 15,000 sq. ft. in addition to a 2,000-sq.-ft. building for feed and a nursery out back, the store has plenty of room for unique offerings like live animals, feed and hay, pet supplies, gourmet sodas, toys, fabric and scrapbooking supplies. Not to fret – plans are in the works for a walk-in petting zoo where children can encounter goats, chickens, rabbits and birds.
Utah: Sol Foods, Hardware and Camping is more than just a Springdale grocery store. The one-stop shop, located a stone’s throw from Zion National Park, is more or less an organic food market, hardware store, camping victuals provider, or some sort of mix of the three, depending on your needs. It’s the only full-service grocery store in Zion Canyon, and it ups the ante with gourmet specialty items, conventional groceries and gluten-free options. Also billed as Springdale’s first hardware store, Sol Foods may be one of the only places in the country where customers can pick up artisanal cheeses and welding supplies. Other items on the more rugged side of the store include paint and plumbing supplies, landscaping tools, fasteners, drill bits, hand tools, camping gear, swimming pool chemicals and a rental center.
Arizona: Another prime example of a community cornerstone, Havasu Do it Best Hardware in Lake Havasu City has been around since before there were paved roads in town. Actually, it was one of the first businesses in the area when it was built in 1964. It was later purchased by Scott LeGrand and his father in 1979, and it has stayed in the family ever since, with Scott’s wife and son handling their share of the operations today. It’s an original fixture of the community with a willingness to change, and with an exhaustive expansion in 2012, the store now enjoys substantially increased sales and a better traffic flow. Did we mention there’s a sandwich named in its honor at the deli down the street?
Later this week, HCN will highlight All Stars in Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. For the full state-by-state list of HCN Hardware Store All Stars, click here.